‘Birdman’ Wins Four Oscars, Including Best Picture

February 23, 2015

Featured image courtesy of LA Times.

Alejandro G. Iñárritu was clad in Oscar night’s oddest but most successful lucky charm.

The Birdman director joked that he was wearing his star Michael Keaton’s “tighty-whities” from the film, yet it was all good because his dark comedy took flight at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday, winning four awards including best picture.

“It’s great to be here, who am I kidding?” Keaton said as he joined the director on the stage. “This has been a tremendous experience. This guy is as bold as bold can be.”

He was paying homage to Iñárritu, who took original screenplay and best director honors. Birdman also won best cinematography.

Iñárritu thanked everyone behind the film, which focused on a washed-up superhero-movie actor trying to get his groove back. It was a “crazy idea” for a script to start “with a middle-aged man in an interior dressing room cross-legged and floating,” he said. But, “we are here. I don’t know how that happened, but it happened.”

Eddie Redmayne’s role as the physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everythingwon him the best actor trophy, and the excited British actor dedicated his Oscar to the entire Hawking family. “I will be its (the statuette’s) custodian and I promise you I will look after him. I will polish him, I will answer his beck and call, I will wait on him hand and foot.”

And to his new wife, he added, “we have a new fella coming to share our apartment.”

Julianne Moore took home best actress for Still Alice, in which she plays a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s. “I read an article that winning an Oscar could lead to living five years longer,” she said. “If that’s true, I’d really like to thank the academy because my husband is younger than me.”

The Grand Budapest Hotel tied with Birdman by also winning four trophies: costume design, production design, makeup/hairstyling and original score.

“Wes, you’re a genius. It is good. You offered me a great view from the Grand Budapest,” composer Alexandre Desplat said of director Wes Anderson.

This article is courtesy of: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2015/02/22/oscars-academy-awards-news/23809005/

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